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SC dismisses plea challenging HC verdict on power to arrest in GST evasion cases

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SC dismisses plea challenging HC verdict on power to arrest in GST evasion cases

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea challenging the Telangana High Court verdict that a person can be arrested by the concerned authority in cases of Goods and Service Tax, GST evasion.

The plea came up for hearing yesterday before a vacation bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose. The Court said it was not inclined to interfere with the April 18 judgement of High Court.

In its judgement, the high court had said it was not inclined to grant relief against arrest to the petitioners who were summoned by the Superintendent (Anti-Evasion) of the Hyderabad GST Commissionerate under the CGST Act, 2017 and invocation of penal provisions under the law.

The government had told the High Court that petitioners before it were allegedly involved in incorporating several partnership firms and had claimed the input tax credit on the basis of certain invoices, without there being any actual physical receipt of goods.

It had alleged that the fraudulent input tax credit claimed by them was to the tune of 224.05 crore rupees. 

The Hindu

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